Former Mount Pleasant Police Chief Sewell leaves chaplaincy

Harry Sewell (Dave Munday/Staff)

Former Mount Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell said he resigned from the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy after less than three months because the job “wasn’t a good match” for him.

“I just don’t think it was a good marriage, but I have nothing negative at all to say about the chaplaincy,” he said this morning.

Senior Chaplain Rob Dewey said Sewell submitted his resignation on Friday, indicating that, among other things, he wants to spend more time with his family. Dewey said the move was unexpected.

“I’m surprised, and I will miss him,” Dewey said. “It’s definitely a sadness for the chaplaincy. He was a great chaplain, and this was his decision.”

Sewell said he didn’t want to discuss his reasons in depth, but he indicated that the job was very time-consuming and he does want to spend more time with family.

Sewell said he still plans to pursue his calling to become an ordained minister.

“I’m not walking away from my calling,” he said.

The chaplaincy, based in North Charleston, is a faith-based organization that ministers to crime victims, police and emergency workers in distress throughout the Lowcountry. Sewell served as the senior deputy chaplain, working closely with Dewey. The group, formed in 1990, also has 19 volunteer chaplains.

Sewell, 52, resigned from the top job at Mount Pleasant police on New Year’s Eve to become Dewey’s deputy. He took over for former Chaplain Eddie Driggers, who was recently named North Charleston’s new police chief.

Dewey said a search will begin soon to find a replacement for Sewell.

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